Canadian Football Player Suggests Media Misrepresented Facts in Steroid Case

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Jordan Matechuk publicly apologized to the Canadian Football League, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats franchise and his friends and family a few days after pleading guilty to the possession of anabolic steroids and marijuana.  Matechuk was arrested after customs officials busted him  in possession of 543 steroid tablets and 263 milliliters of injectable steroids. His attorney advised him to avoid answering questions while his legal case was still pending. Matechuk, hoping to rehabilitate his image, nonetheless decided to answer a few questions in an interview with the Associated Press.

“The facts about what has happened aren’t as they appear in the media stories I’ve seen, and there is another side to the story,” Matechuk told the Associated Press. “Unfortunately, I can’t comment further on it at this time.”

Matechuk’s cryptic statements, rather than facilitate closure on the unfortunate steroid case, opened the door for further questions about the alleged quantities of steroids that were destined for Hamilton. While there has been some speculation that the steroids may have been destined for teammates in the Tiger-Cats organization, Matechuk seemingly took responsibility for the steroids found on his possession deflecting suggestions that he planned on sharing them with anyone else.

“I’m not saying in no way that it was somebody else’s or anything like that,” according to Matechuk. “I’m just keeping this matter confidential.”

Matechuk is scheduled to be sentenced on August 24th. He faces up to two years in prison on the felony steroid count and up to one year in prison on the misdemeanor marijuana count. Perhaps, he will tell the other “side of the story” after he is sentenced.
Jordan Matechuk
Trister, N. (July 24, 2011). Matechuk apologizes amid steroids case. Retrieved from http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/Matechuk-apologizes-amid-steroids-case-1616664.php